by Verner Panton, 1969/1970

The Amoebe Highback lounge chair in Tonus by Vitra is an organically curved upholstered armchair drafted by designer Verner Panton, which – alone in its design – offers an area of seclusion in open or high or very large rooms and ensures a homely atmosphere. Amoebe and Amoebe Highback, two variants of the lounge chair were developed by Verner Panton in 1969/1970. Vitra reissued the Amoebe Highback in 2008, near to the original. Two years earlier, the Amoebe chair had already been launched. Both seating models are extremely comfortable and availabe in two different fabrics, Tonus and Volo, and all available colours at TAGWERC Design STORE.

Manufacturer Vitra furniture by Verner Panton
Material Laminated structure | Tonus
Shipping 4-5 Weeks
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Amoebe Highback Lounge chair

Tonus, an extremely robust and stretchy fabric, is made by the Danish fabric specialist Kvadrat. The fabric Tonus consists of a mix of new wool and Helanca. This provides the special elasticity that makes Tonus the perfect upholstery for organically shaped furniture such as the Amoebe, Amoebe Highback or Living Tower, almost all upholstered furniture by designer Verner Panton. In the 1960s, Danish textile designer Nina Koppel combined natural new wool with Helanca, an extremely elastic yarn made from industrially produced polyamide fibre. For organic forms such as the lounge chair Amoebe and Amoebe Highback, the fabric Tonus proves to be an ideal choice.

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They were part of Verner Panton’s legendary Visiona 2 exhibition within the context of the Cologne Furniture Fair in 1970, the Amoebas.
The skilfully curved armchairs arranged atmospheric in the ambience of countless Ring Lamp were thought up by Verner Panton in two finishes. While the backrest of the Amoebe ends below the shoulders, the organically shaped backrest of the Amoeba Highback ends above the head of the sitter. This special form of design creates a space in the space feeling and at the same time peruades security. Features that fit perfect in open spaces with integrated living / dining room, lofts and studios, as well as in public spaces like library, foyers, lobbies, receptions areas, where they create rest areas.

The amoeba, the protozoon with variable figure, was the inspiration source. An organically shaped plastic bowl, integrated in a foam upholstery, specifies the form. From 1970 the upholstered furniture company Hukla in Gegenbach, Germany. and the French company Airborne International in Montreuilsous-Bois made the Amoeba series, indeed, without plastic core.

Vitra produces the Amoebe Highback Tonus as re-design with even more comfortable backrest since 2006 and 2008. TAGWERC delivers this exclusive and exceptional seating object in the original with certificate and including feld pads.

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Amoebe Highback

  • Cover
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Designer
  • Manufacturer
  • Made in
  • Colour
  • Virgin wool
  • Helanca
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Width
  • Weight
  • Abrasion resistance
  • Fastness to light
  • Pilling
  • Fastness to rubbing
  • Frame
  • Structural frame
  • Upholstery
  • .
  • Tonus
  • Nina Koppel
  • Kvadrat
  • United Kingdom
  • Red
  • 90%
  • 10%
  • ./.
  • ./.
  • 140 cm
  • 490 g/m²
  • 100.000 Martindale
  • Type 5
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 3-4 dry and wet
  • .
  • Structure laminated
  • Polyurethane foam


  • Height
  • Width
  • Seat height
  • Weight
  • 127.50 cm
  • 65.00 cm
  • 35.00 cm
  • ./.


  • Outdoor suitable
  • Stackable
  • No
  • No

The Amoebe Highback lounge chair was designed by
Verner Panton

Verner Panton X Pantop
Designer Verner Panton
Verner Panton
Original Verliebt. Design objects by Verner Panton in the TAGWERC Design STORE.

Verner Panton is one of the most inspiring designers of the 20th century. With avant-garde designs using modern materials, the native Dane was far ahead of his time. The architect and designer created houses, furniture, lighting, textiles and everyday objects.

Armchair Amoebe with Tonus